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She has commented "I was always in clubs and everyone was doing coke and it was glamorous – except obviously, it wasn't at all.I was just very young, very stupid and very easily led... I despise that sort of thing, but it did me the world of good because watching it I realised, 'I'm so ill.' When it came to the crunch I thought, 'Hang on. in 2003, Westbrook admitted that she no longer wanted to be a 'celebrity', commenting "I made a pact with Kevin I would do no more TV work that would take me away from home. I work occasionally, but I also do the school run and laundry and prepare my family's dinner".She was sent to a local private school, until, at the age of 12, her parents allowed her to attend Sylvia Young Theatre School as a full-time student, where Denise Van Outen, Dani Behr and her future East Enders co-star, Nicola Stapleton, were among her contemporaries.She appeared in a video for the song The Invisible Man by Queen and had a minor role in Grange Hill.Producers reportedly opted for Westbrook to return over Medcalf because of her established on-screen chemistry with actors Sid Owen (who played Sam's former husband Ricky Butcher in the 1990s) and Patsy Palmer (who played Ricky's second wife Bianca Jackson).Westbrook returned to screens in September 2009 for two temporary stints, departing once again on 21 September 2010.
She started off modelling at the age of seven and then progressed to acting.
Away from East Enders she has presented various shows, and was also a contestant on the ITV show I'm a Celebrity... On 27 February 2016, it was confirmed that Westbrook would return to East Enders, very briefly with onscreen brother Grant, for the death of their onscreen mother Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor). She has released two volumes of autobiography, The Other Side of Nowhere, in 2006 and Faith, Hope and Clarity in 2013.
Westbrook underwent a much publicised cocaine addiction throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, which caused the complete erosion of her nasal septum. Her father Andy was a cab driver, and later a carpet contractor, while her mother, Sue, was a shop assistant.
She also played a part in Dave Stewart's short film directorial debut, Entertaining Mr. The film was shown at various film festivals around the world, including Cannes. Despite being a popular candidate for winning, she found the environment traumatic, saying that she missed her children and wasn't psychologically prepared for the hardship of the jungle life. In 2006, Westbrook appeared on a reality TV special of The Weakest Link where she lost in the head-to-head final round.
In 2003, Westbrook was a contestant in the second series of British ITV reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Still, she won £5,025 after Martin Offiah decided to split the winnings, which were donated to charity.